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The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse is dedicated to providing you with the most up-to-date information on mental health and consumer issues. In an effort to keep you informed and to respond to your needs, we update our Web site regularly. Look here first to find the latest additions to our site.


Clearinghouse Director Joseph Rogers to Receive SAMHSA'S 2013 Lifetime Achievement Voice Award

The award recognizes Rogers' extraordinary leadership and advocacy to advance the recovery movement of individuals with mental health conditions.

PHILADELPHIASept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Sept. 25, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will present Joseph Rogers with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Voice Award. The event will take place at Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, California, at 7 p.m. PT

Joseph Rogers is founder and executive director of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse, a national technical assistance center funded in part by SAMHSA that fosters recovery, self-determination, and community inclusion. He is chief advocacy officer of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, of which he was president and CEO from 1997 to 2007, and which he grew from a small regional advocacy agency into one of the largest mental health associations in the country.

A national leader of the mental health consumer movement, he has played a major role in transforming the movement from a small number of relatively powerless groups and individuals to a large number of well-funded consumer organizations and consumer-operated services in nearly every state. He has testified before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and before U.S. Senate committees and has consulted in more than 30 states, as well as nationally and internationally, on behavioral health policy issues. He has chaired and/or served on numerous boards and committees, and was a key player in the closing of Philadelphia State Hospital and in the successful struggle to get the dollars to follow the patients into the community, to establish what has become a model system of community-based services, including peer-to-peer services. He has appeared on numerous television and radio shows and in the print media to fight the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental health conditions.

Rogers has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Heinz Award for the Human Condition in 2005, the 2002 Outstanding Non-Psychiatrist Award from the American Association of Community Psychiatrists, and the 2009 Timothy Coakley Behavioral Health Leadership Award from the American College of Mental Health Administration.

Since 2005, SAMHSA's Voice Awards program has brought together representatives from the entertainment industry and the behavioral health community for an evening of educational awareness-building about mental and substance use disorders and the power of recovery.


September Webinar: Who's On Your Bus?

Tuesday, September 24th

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
To register, please click here.
Our recovery journey is a constant ride and never a destination. As drivers of our own Recovery Bus, we may face unexpected traffic and detours. How we handle changing directions has much to do with the passengers we have on board.
A discussion led by the multicultural panel of George Badillo, Yvonne Smith and Jen Padron will discuss ways you can invite diverse passengers who will support and empower you in your route to recovery.
The message of valuing every voice and inclusiveness will resonate in this thought-provoking dialogue. This webinar will inspire all diverse communities to keep the conversation culturally relevant about who is "on their bus" and the current route they are taking.
In this webinar you will come away with the necessary tools to:
  • Create and define your vision of recovery.
  • Identify and invite the right passengers on your bus.
  • Navigate adversity, potholes and unexpected negative passengers.
  • Fuel your journey with positive energy and enthusiasm.
Presenters: a culturally, ethnically and experientially diverse panel including:
  • George Badillo: An independent consultant educating people throughout the country and surrounding territories on custody and parenting issues.  Formerly, a Peer Trainer for PEOPLe Inc. He works out of the New York State Office of Mental Health Long Island Field Office, providing training to people with psychiatric histories on issues such as Medicare Part D.
  • Yvonne Smith: President and co-founder of Recovery2000/The Recovery Group, a partnership of mental health consumers doing outreach in shelters, hospitals and other community settings. The Recovery Group (TRG) was established October 2004 in the District of Columbia.
  • Jen Padron: A subject matter expert in leveraging peer services, supports, delivery, and health disparities in mental diversity of disenfranchised high/at-risk populations in the United States.  Now at Benchmark  Human Services, she is the former Director of The HOPE Project, and provided project management to The Hope Concept LLC Wellness Center in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Texas. Ms. Padron is currently a PhD candidate in Public Health and Community Public Health Education and Promotion.



September 10th, 2013: World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th, 2013 is World Suicide Prevention Day. A good time to ponder the consequences of what we as a society have long neglected to address — the close link between suicide and addiction disorders.


Veteran Peer Networking Group Conference Call - Aug. 27, 2013

Upcoming Conference call hosted by the SAMHSA GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation

Veteran Peer Networking Group Conference Call

When: Tuesday, August 27 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT
Toll-free call in number: 866-805-9853
Conference code: 8073619425
Are you a Peer Specialist or Peer Mentor providing services and support to Veterans involved in the criminal justice system? Come join our Veteran Peer Networking Group! Veterans are increasingly working as Peer Specialists and Peer Mentors with the VA and community-based organizations. Veterans working with the SAMHSA-funded Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery with Priority to Veterans Program are extending an invitation to all Vets working as Peer Mentors and Specialists providing services and support to justice-involved Veterans to join them in building a networking group that will strengthen the voice of this emerging workforce.
For more information, please contact David Goldstein at: 774-312-5947.



National Council May 30 Webinar

Register now for access information but note that registration does not guarantee your space on the webinar. Attendance is limited to the first 1,000 registrants that join at the time of the webinar — so sign in early. CEUs are NOT available for National Council webinars.

TOPIC: Grantwriting Tips: CMS Health Care Innovation Grants of $1-30 Million
DATE: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 3:00pm-4:30pm EDT
SPEAKERS: Heidi Arthur, Vice President of SAE and Associates; Nancy Harris King, Development Director, Southeast Mental Health Services; Knute Rotto, Consultant, SAE and Associates; Kristan McIntosh, Project Manager, SAE & Associates
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for 100 new 3-year Health Care Innovation grants, ranging from $1 million to $30 million each. The grants will fund new care models that drive significant improvement in population health, quality of care, and total cost of care. Letters of intent are due by June 28 and applications by August 15.
This National Council LIVE webinar reviews the grant opportunity, shares insights and lessons from a previous CMS Innovation Awardee, and offers tips and techniques to prepare a competitive proposal. Presenters offer resources for technical assistance, feasibility review, and partnership facilitation.
The CMS Health Care Innovation grants are offered to fund models that  
  • Are designed to rapidly reduce Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP costs in outpatient and/or post-acute settings.
  • Improve care for populations with special needs.
  • Transform financial and clinical models.
  • Improve the health of populations through prevention, wellness, and comprehensive care that extends beyond the clinical service delivery setting.
Grant applications must comprise service delivery and payment models, including an approach to secure participation from multiple payers. Preference will be given to models implemented in less than six months. Join us for this webinar to plan and prepare a winning approach to your grant submission.